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If You Need Me I'll Be Over There
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After the Plains queered him, Dave Madden decided to return the favor. This outstanding collection of short stories tells the tale of a different kind of difference-one not set in the glittering lights of New York or Los Angeles, but in the grand and wide American Midwest. For Madden's characters, their queerness is part of the environment, like the soil, the sky, and the supermarket: an HIV-positive chemist uses football to connect with his brothers; a 17-year-old girl tussles with a cartoon cobra to avoid thinking about the mother who abandoned her; and a hotel concierge starts attending Mass even though his partner was molested by a priest. In seeking out the ordinary struggles of extraordinary people trying to figure out their place within families and communities, Madden masterfully explores what it means to be an outsider always looking in.
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Acknowledgements Pamela Karl Friedrich Gauss Smear the Queer If You Need Me I'll Be Over There An Uneven House Little Fingers If You Need Me I'll Be Over There Another Man's Treasure Irgendwo, Nirgendwo We All Have Difficult Jobs If You Need Me I'll Be Over There Reading Group Guide

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2016 Foreword Indies Finalist, LGBT category

About the Author

Dave Madden is author of The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. His shorter work has appeared in Harper's, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Sherwood Anderson Award in fiction, an AWP Intro Journals Award in nonfiction, a Bernard De Voto Fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.

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With his slim but powerful short story collection, If You Need Me I'll Be Over There, Madden expands upon this theme, the geography of coming out, along with numerous other territories of family life and marriage, both gay and straight. . . . His characters come across as singularly alive, their attitudes neither stereotyped nor predictable-yet still recognizeable. * The Gay & Lesbian Review *

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